This restful holiday resort has many activities to occupy holidaymakers - thermal pools, four golf courses, horse riding, a museum of local history, a tavern, camping ground, picnic areas and a children's playground. Skydiving is an option for the more adventurous. The vineyards of Kumeu and Henderson are a short drive away, offering wine tasting and fine dining. Just north of Parakai is the huge Kaipara Harbour, the largest harbour in New Zealand.